Project Details


In this study, researchers will create and test Interactive Virtual Training (IVT), a video game technology in which early career teachers can hone their classroom management skills in a virtual classroom. Difficulty managing classrooms and engaging learners are two of the strongest predictors of attrition from the profession of teaching for those early in their careers. This project builds on a recently completed IES Development and Innovation study, Enhancing Effectiveness and Connectedness among Early Career Teachers in Urban Schools, in which the researchers created a model designed to support early career teachers around those challenges. The model includes school-based professional learning communities, in addition to group seminars and coaching for early career teachers, all designed to build their feelings of effectiveness in managing classroom behavior and engaging learners and to promote feelings of connectedness with colleagues. Findings were promising but insufficient in the original study; improvements in classroom management were slowly realized and teachers reported a preference for online delivery of content. In Year 1, researchers will develop the IVT prototype, including disruptive student avatars and virtual classrooms. In Year 2, preservice teachers will try IVT and provide feedback on usability. In Year 3, researchers will conduct an initial field test with early career teachers in elementary school classrooms. In Year 4, the team will carry out a randomized pilot study to determine the promise of the model for improving early career teachers' feelings of effectiveness and connectedness, and for improving student engagement, behavior, and academic achievement. The research team will produce a fully developed virtual learning environment to help new teachers learn how to effectively manage classrooms and engage learners in elementary school. Researchers will also produce peer-reviewed publications.
Effective start/end date7/1/156/30/19


  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES)


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